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Poster: snori Date: Feb 5, 2010 7:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: What was your musical journey to the Dead ... and afterlife ?

Assuming you weren't born a fully fledged Deadhead how did you come to the band ? My musical journey from callow youth to obsessive bore (that should have quotation marks - just imagine I'm making that annoying gesture with my fingers) would be as follows :-

Beatles/Stones > Dylan/Cream/Hendrix/Floyd > Zep/Purple/Sabs >Hawkwind/Gong/Man > Zappa/Neil Young/Grateful Dead

The afterlife would include John Martyn, Roy Buchanan, Portishead, and a great deal of catching up on older jazz and blues masters.

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Feb 5, 2010 6:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was your musical journey to the Dead ... and afterlife ?

for what it's worth, what I can remember went something like this...

AM radio > Beatles (1963) > Dylan (1965) > folkies (Peter Paul & Mary, Joan Baez, Donovan, Tom Rush, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell) > Cream (1967, Disraeli Gears) > CSN (1969) > Dead (1970, Workingman's Dead / American Beauty, and the other albums through Wake of the Flood)

Although I've enjoyed lots of other music since then and gone through long periods of not listening to any music at all, nothing else ever touched me so deeply or so consistently over the decades. I want the Dead played at my funeral someday.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Feb 5, 2010 5:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was your musical journey to the Dead ... and afterlife ?

my favs through the decades:

stones, hendrix, cream, deep purple in 60s

added later:

in 70s:
dead, airplane, tuna, starship, qms, spirit, zappa, beefheart, abb, johnny winter, jeff beck, rory gallagher, zep, floyd, hawkwind, pink fairies, motorhead, man, gong, ufo, traffic ...(got into reggae in 76, got out in 84)

saxon in 80s

metallica in 90s

00s:
discovered govt mule and rediscovered blue cheer and black sabbath (h&h). started digging lately some new hard and heavy metal bands like black hell, stone axe, gunslinger and freezing fog (ff r from manchester, check them out snori, these kids rock hard and sound great) and mighty norse metal (tyr, grand magus..)..

and it goes on and on and on:)...........

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Feb 5, 2010 10:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was your musical journey to the Dead ... and afterlife ?

My journey to the Dead began in 1967 whenthe first l.p. came out. Before that, I had started on fifties radio the British invasion, folk rock, Dylan, Hendrix, the Airplane, and then the Dead. Grow9ng up in Manhattan gave me access to all sorts of stuff at an early age. I also had an older cousin who pointed my eyes in certain directions (folk, e.g. Dylan) and my brothers' high school friends (and my own) who were into the S.F. sound in 1966-7. I saw the band for the first time on 6-10-67. I had ventured to the Village a few times, but mostly for folk. The Bleecker Street scene had gone day glo by then, and that suited me just fine.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Feb 5, 2010 3:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was your musical journey to the Dead ... and afterlife ?

Billy Cobham's spectrum album. Hey, lets go check out this band with Billy Cobham and Alphonso Johnson. It was not the other musicians that drew me in, but it was the sweet hippie chicks...

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Poster: high flow Date: Feb 5, 2010 6:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was your musical journey to the Dead ... and afterlife ?

50's rock-a-billy(from Dad)>Stones>GD(From Bro)>MTV(From Hell)>Hard Core East Coast Rap(From Heaven)>Beastie Boys(From Brooklyn)>Reggae(From a cloud of smoke)>GD(From mushroom induced visions)......off the deep end. This river has lead me in to open waters. Oceans of music of all kinds. And the water's fine.

Innocence fades and the band keeps playing on.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Feb 5, 2010 12:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was your musical journey to the Dead ... and afterlife ?

For me , it started around 70-71: Beatles>Doors>CCR etc. Then in early 72 Dylan, in a big way . I heard the usual 3 or so Dead tunes they would play on the radio, but what started it for me was listening to Europe 72, a friend had bought , mainly for the cover ! I wasn't till 76 that I got to see them, and the mid 80's till I met taper friends . About the time I was seeing my first shows, I got into classical music . Later, some of this Dead related, I got into, Jazz, older rock, and R&B, roots stuff, etc . I would have liked to have met Garcia , if only to thank him for all the great music by other people I explored, because of the GD, and him .

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Poster: Edsel Date: Feb 5, 2010 7:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was your musical journey to the Dead ... and afterlife ?

Used to hear some music from around the corner, I lived at the corner of Waller and Ashbury, then one day heard them in the panhandle.
Before the Dead, I had only been to a few shows, (PP&M, Paul Revere, Animals, Ike and Tina)) not counting bar bands (Bob Kuban, Fabulous Flippers, White Clover aka Kansas)so everything kind of happened all at once for me, Dead, Hendrix, Buffalo Sprinfield, CJ and The Fish, Big Brother, Airplane, Blue Cheer, etc.
I've always been into lots of different music, before and after hearing the Dead.

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Feb 5, 2010 9:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was your musical journey to the Dead ... and afterlife ?

I was exposed to the Dead (very) early in life and around age ten or so was more or less an addict. But I was too young (or something) to appreciate all of it - catchy songs like Big River or intense, engaging jams like the Eleven always dazzled me, but for the most part stuff like dark star and playin' didn't grab me so much. At some point I got less interested in the dead and whatever else i was listening to at the time and got heavily into classical music. This was until I was 17 or so. Then during my high school years I started listening to jazz, got even more heavily into that than classical music. By the time I got to college I started listening to all sorts of music that I "should" have listened to a long time ago, and at some point I saw a few Dick's Picks on my school's file sharing network and dug in.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Feb 5, 2010 6:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was your musical journey to the Dead ... and afterlife ?

I love hearing from people who grew up with the Dead. That is awesome, as the young folks say ...

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Feb 5, 2010 11:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was your musical journey to the Dead ... and afterlife ?

Geez, am I old. I started out listening to rock and roll on AM radio - big thing when I was growing up was the transistor radio! Ended up liking Broadway shows and then gravitated towards jazz. Saw Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock at UCLA is '67 amongst other greats. I was a jazz snob, I guess. One day while crusing, I happened on a new FM station - KPPC playing free-form music - and I heard the Cream doing Outside Woman Blues and it was all over for me and downhill from there. Shortly afterwards, my little next door neighbor asked me to take her to a concert cause her boyfriend was out of town. So, my first show was Jimi Henrix at the UCLA Grand Ballroom. And so it went. In '71, friends on the next block talked me into going to see the GD at the Pasadena Civic and it was all she wrote. I still can't go two days without listening to the Dead. Although now I also listen to Hawaiian, electronica, and hip-hop (thanks to my darling son). A long strange trip it's been.

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Poster: bgypt Date: Feb 6, 2010 7:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was your musical journey to the Dead ... and afterlife ?

I came to the Dead on accident really, hearing UJB on the soundtrack to Good Will Hunting while working one night at a corporate record store in college. I thought it was a Simon & Garfunkel song I'd never heard before. In high school my friends and I had an irrational disdain for the band (well, more due to the jock, fratty "heads" at our school) and I suppose prided ourselves for being into more obscure music at the time. Later, playing in avant-garde, highly experimental improv groups I very slooooowly eased into the band through Live/Dead and late 60's shows from the archive (10-12-68 being the first to really floor me and still probably my favorite show). I was about 25 when I started to really fall under the spell so to speak. I'm 32 now and am the only Head amongst my friends. Still haven't totally delved into the Brent years, heavily partial to Pigpen/Keith era. I have tons of music but the Dead are the most important to me and most listened to of all. I'll occasionally go for months listening to nothing but Grateful Dead shows.

I suppose a highly simplified progression would look somewhat like this:

Zappa>Soft Machine/Prog>Amon Duul>Sun Ra>Acid Mothers Temple>Grateful Dead

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Poster: Gus Fan Date: Feb 5, 2010 9:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was your musical journey to the Dead ... and afterlife ?

WMMR and Skeletons from the Closet album had me slightly interested. Pink Floyd, Yes, ELP was first though. But then in my spring term freshman year in HS, 1977, I took a class called Poetry of Popular Music. For an assignment, the deadhead teacher said we either had to do a report of a modern band or attend the upcoming GD show (April 77) at the Spectrum and discuss it in class after the event. The choice was obvious. Most of us scraped, borrowed, newspaper route $... the 8 bucks or so and the rest history. What a show and scene. The teacher? Well she had a blast too, of course.

Struggling with the afterlife answer. Sorry. Can't break the GD spell for the most part.

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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: Feb 5, 2010 10:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was your musical journey to the Dead ... and afterlife ?

Being an only child, I didn't have older siblings bringing home music they discovered. I listened to AM pop radio until high school (1975). The I discovered prog music and my life was obsessed with Yes, ELP, Pink Floyd and marching band. Being a bando, I was also getting into a lot of jazz. Summer after I graduated HS in '79, a buddy and I went and saw the Dead movie in an old rundown theatre with about 3 others in the audience. It was my first trip and I was blown away with the movie, the music, and the whole scene documented in the movie. Needless to say, we saw them the next time they came to town, about 3 months later. Then I went out and bought as many Dead records I could find and that was it, I was hooked.

Post-Dead? Continued to further explore jazz, blues, and bluegrass.

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Poster: souprman Date: Feb 5, 2010 2:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was your musical journey to the Dead ... and afterlife ?

i was born in 1971 and started collecting records when i was 5. first record was kiss "dressed to kill" first concert kiss with judas priest opening, i believe it was october, the year 1979. yes, i was 8, thanks mom!

here's the musical trajectory i took:

kiss>stones>pink floyd>cheap trick>judas priest>black sabbath>ozzy>iron maiden>metallica>misfits>ramones>replacements>husker du>cure>u2>rem>the smiths>sonic youth>hendrix>television>talking heads>janes addiction>robyn hitchcock>grateful dead

and on and on.

i gave up on the dead only 3 years into my obsession. i just couldnt relate to the scene anymore and i dont know if i ever really did. most of it didnt have anything to do with, and in fact, hurt the music.

flash forward to 2006 and not having even listened to the dead since 1991 i though i would blow the mind of my deadhead manager by dropping some dates of old boots i used to love. 2 days later he shows up with the complete barton 5.8.77 for me. i'd never even had the dead on cd before this. well, that was it, hearing that music again was like salve for my soul.

i went about searching for all the fav's from my past and was so pleased to find many of my old boots and pieces from the deadhour were now out as "dp's" thanks again dick!

harpur '70
wos soundcheck 3.23.74 (when i heard that ccs>rider again i balled my head off)
boston 12.2.73

and on....

thank god for the diligence of the tape traders and the band for recording and preserving all this music. and thank you for keeping the love for this alive.

peace.

oh i forgot, post dead. okay.

dead kennedys>subhumans>crass>neil young>dinosaur jr>big star>flaming lips>galaxie 500>pogues>james brown>tom waits>miles davis>john coltane>tons of jazz>boogie down productions>nwa>public enemy>tons of hip hop>john lee hooker>gil scott heron>funkadelic et al>primus>bad brains>fugazi>nirvana>pavement>silver jews>guided by voices>uncle tupelo>wilco>palace>bonnie prince billy>songs:ohia>spoon>magnolia electric company>low>roky erickson>dark field>jolie holland>cat power>grateful dead

last cd's I bought are: beach house "teen dream", retribution gospel choir "2", spoon "transference"

music is good.



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Poster: Pretty Vacant Date: Feb 5, 2010 9:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was your musical journey to the Dead ... and afterlife ?

Obsessive interest in reggae of all kinds -> Burning Spear's cover of Estimated Prophet -> trip to archive to hear the (an) original -> parallel obsessions

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Feb 5, 2010 12:19pm
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LP's: K.C. and the Sunshine Band; Elvis; "We Sold Our Souls for Rock n Roll; Kiss "Alive"; Led Zeppelin; "Long Strange Trip"

8-tracks: Elvis; Beach Boys; K-Tel (one of them had Truckin'); Pink Floyd "The Wall"; Kiss "Destroyer"

Cassettes: Blue Oyster Cult; Meatloaf; Eventually, a snippet of Barton Hall but it was so small it wasn't even identified as from anywhere;

CD's: Jethro Tull; The Cult; GnR; Led Zeppelin; Grateful Dead

MP3's: GOGD


TOOTMO

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 5, 2010 7:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was your musical journey to the Dead ... and afterlife ?

Mine was more or less simultaneous (ie, exposure to music, buying my own, etc): in 67 the older brothers brought home, all in the same yr more or less, Cream, JimiH, DEAD, BBHoldCo, MGrape, QMS, BDylan, Donov, PFloyd, and the other suspects for SF sound/R&R of the day...of those, my initial "obsessions" though were for CCR, Cream and Donov, along with NYoung shortly thereafter, and by about 71, the DEAD in a big way...Everyone else since then has been a distant second to the band, though there was about 20 yrs after I stopped going thr til the past 5 or so, that I was rather diffuse, but the DEAD still loomed in the background such that everyone thought of me as the whacky, 60s refuge stuck in the DEAD, etc.

So, I guess you could say they were first, last and in between for me...the few folks that have known me for over 40 yrs certainly think of me as a stunted, ignorant, myopic sort that really never got enough exposure to good music.

This is a source of great pride for me, or course.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Feb 5, 2010 8:37am
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No KSAN in there?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 5, 2010 10:33am
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Absolutely!!! Heard complete side of LDead on there once!

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Feb 5, 2010 4:15pm
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I got started with their sister station KPPC. That's the basement of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church!

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Poster: LoogyHanger Date: Feb 6, 2010 8:54am
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cool, Presbyterianism, now that's a long strange journey.

I must admit those Jersey Girls got me on tour. But never really HEADed after growing up in the bay. I am still the Black Sheep, HEADed or LESS....

Hey Monte, your Daddy a Korean War Vet ?

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Feb 6, 2010 9:09am
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My dad was a WW 2 vet - he flew airplanes over Europe and took pictures. He died in 1991.

me and my dad circa 1954me-and-my-dad.jpg

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Poster: LoogyHanger Date: Feb 6, 2010 10:52am
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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Feb 6, 2010 10:27am
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Cool photo.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Feb 5, 2010 3:01pm
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Music=Life

the progression has been listed here already....

Much like 50's AM radio...or is it because of it...my musical tastes are quite varied. I can find "good music" in most any genre I have heretofore "discovered".


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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Feb 5, 2010 9:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What was your musical journey to the Dead ... and afterlife ?

My oldest brother laid the foundation for almost the entirety of my music interests. His wooden crates of LPs, meticulously alphabetized by band name (and within a band section, sorted chronologically) was like a private library that gave me complete access to another world. Like you, my foundation was the Beatles & Stones. I remember faking being sick when I was in grade school, because I really just wanted to stay home and listen to Satanic Majesties Request all day.

Rounding out my diet were the Yardbirds, Zep, Who, Animals, Byrds, CSN(Y), Dylan, Buffalo Springfield, Jefferson Airplane, Ten Years After, Allman Brothers, Floyd, Cream, Clapton, Jimi. I remember not even listening to any of my bro’s GD until I was maybe 16... to this day I can’t remember my brother ever playing any of his Dead albums. But thankfully he had them, and after warming to the few hits from American Beauty and Workingman’s Dead, for whatever reason I latched onto the Anthem album. It was probably something in Anthem that for me was a connection to the great “out there” feeling I got from listening to Surrealistic Pillow or Dark Side of the Moon.

Sidenote: Just last night I was at a private “living room” concert by Pat DiNizio, singer/songwriter from the Smithereens. I was literally 4 feet from him the whole night, and even though I know nothing about his music, I enjoyed seeing a talented artist up close. Heck of a nice guy too. It struck me that the average age of the crowd was 5-10 years older than me, and they were all in heaven reliving their youth, but I had never connected with this kind of contemporary music when I was growing up. Left me feeling like an outsider...an old soul, even though I was the youngest in the room.

EDIT: I am vowing to curb my overuse of quotes. It is a known "problem" that I have! See?

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Poster: Miss Divine Date: Feb 5, 2010 9:44am
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The Who > The Beatles > The Kinks > The Animals > The Yardbirds > Led Zep > Pink Floyd > CSNY > Gram Parsons > Grateful Dead.

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Poster: snori Date: Feb 5, 2010 12:35pm
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Hey Miss D. I get to hear a lot of Gram as my partner is very keen. She prefers the stuff with Emmylou as she's always been a fan of hers. I bought her that double CD that came out a while back of the 69 show where the Burritos supported the Dead, and aside from the package falling apart whenever it's opened she rates it highly.

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Poster: Miss Divine Date: Feb 6, 2010 1:41am
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Yeah, that's a really good release. And yes, the Emmylou stuff is gorgeous as well. Your partner has great taste!!

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Feb 6, 2010 8:20am
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kindergarten in 50s > top-40 > punk kid in 60s > top-40 > hippie > busted for weed with some NJ Dead-Heads in 1972 > Dead-Head Taper in 1973 > Soundman > electronics tech > working stiff > LMA > Dead-Head > sharing tapes

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Feb 6, 2010 2:29pm
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Funny, but taping and marijuana are legit these days. I'm giving my tapes away. And I'm getting free weed from my caregiver in Colorado. I have a MMJ permit. My free one-ounce bag of 5-star from 2 months ago was skunky as hell. It had a huge minty aroma. My free one-ounce bag of 5-star from last month was skunky as hell. It had a huge berry aroma. My free one-ounce bag of 5-star I got last week was skunky as hell. It has a huge minty-berry aroma.

— Monte Barry question —
Do you think maybe I should change my name to Minty Berry?

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Poster: Solo Head Date: Feb 6, 2010 1:00pm
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Born in '62>>young Aunt exposing me to The Beatles and TOP 40 radio in NY>>'72-'73 Elton John (excellent songwriting, band and back up harmonies>>1978/79, working at the Dairy Barn, Rob the Asst. Mgr (my age)playing recent GD bootlegs...a smoking Shakedown...and I'm like " what the hell is that?!!!"